In fact, it was Cross who preceded Schmidt as Butte's starting tight end.
Now, after two years of playing at Butte, Schmidt is ready to move on and continue his collegiate playing career. This past weekend, he took his second official visit, to UCLA.
"It was a great trip. I'm just awaiting a phone call now from the UCLA coaches," said Schmidt. "They said they needed to go over my transcripts one more time, then I should hear something."
He previously had visited San Diego State, who has offered him a scholarship (he sports a few other offers also). According to Schmidt, Cal is also close to offering and will likely set up Schmidt with an official visit this weekend.
But Schmidt said if the UCLA staff offers him, he won't make it to Berkeley, and will accept the UCLA offer. He said, "Unless something is really wrong with my transcripts, I think they'll offer me. And I can't see there being a problem with them. Mike McCloskey was my host this weekend, and I really hit it off with the other guys. I hung out with Bob Cleary, big Ed Blanton and Paul Mociler. Big Ed is the biggest guy I've seen," said Schmidt.
Schmidt said he would definitely be a tight end in college, with no plans to move to the offensive line. "My metabolism wouldn't let me get too big. I also could split out and play receiver if they wanted me to, and create some mismatches with the DBs."
Schmidt is primarily being recruited by offensive line coach Tom Cable, but has spent significant time in conversations with tight ends coach Jon Embree and head coach Karl Dorrell. "All of them are great coaches. Coach Dorrell and I talked a lot on my trip. He's a good guy," said Schmidt.
As a sophomore at Butte, Schmidt primarily blocked, as Butte went to a 70-75% running offense. He still finished with 17 catches for 200+ yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Roadrunners finished 9-2 on the year.
He prepped at Carson-Graham in Vancouver, BC, which he said wasn't exactly high-profile. "Out of Canada, we didn't get a lot of exposure, and I didn't really put myself out there," Schmidt said. "There were a couple of alumni from Carson-Graham who played at Butte, so that's how I ended up there. One of them plays in the CFL now."
Schmidt would have three years to play two in college.